Is There Tax When Buying Items Online?


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Depending on the online retailer and the state of purchase, customers may or may not be subject to sales tax on the items that they purchase, states the Amazon and Forbes magazine websites. Customers are required to pay sales tax on items when they purchase from an online retailer that has a physical address within that state.

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Sales tax requirements differ by state, but many online retailers have physical addresses in several states, and customers in those states may be required to pay sales tax, states Forbes. For example, Amazon customers in California, Kansas, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and several others are required to pay sales tax on their purchases. Customers can view a full list of applicable states on the Amazon website.

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